Reply to Minister for Education – 19 January 2021

On 17 December 2021 Education Minister, Jeremy Miles MS responded to our letter of 30 November. His reply [PDF] did not address the points we have raised previously with him concerning use of the UNCRC as justification for the registration and monitoring of all electively home educated children. On 19 January we replied to the Minister restating our main concerns, and our willingness to meet with his officials. Our letter is reproduced below or is available as Read more…

Freedom of Information Requests relevant to Home Education in Wales

In December 2021, FOIRs were submitted to the English Department of Education and their counterparts in the devolved nations, asking in each case for details of any contact they had had with one another. Responses received so far reveal that ongoing conversations on significant issues have indeed been taking place between civil servants in the English DfE and its Welsh counterpart. An email from the Welsh correspondent dated 19 November made reference to a “joint Read more…

Answers to questions not reached in Plenary – 8 December 2021

Answers to questions not reached in Plenary 08/12/2021 OQ57311 Tabled on 01/12/2021 by Mark Isherwood MS – (Con, N Wales) “Will the Minister make a statement on the choices available to parents when it comes to settings for their children’s education?” Answered by Minister for Education and the Welsh Language – 09/12/2021 Children may receive education through school settings or other means for example elective home education. Most learners receive their education in mainstream school. Read more…

The Welsh Government’s response to the Children’s Commissioner’s Annual Report 2020-21

Families First in Education – Wales is first and foremost concerned that primacy of all parents in the education of their children continues to be upheld. That is the reason why we wrote to the Education Minister, Jeremy Miles MS, in October with a submission to rebut Sally Holland’s use of the UNCRC to insist that electively home educated children must be interviewed by state employees on an annual basis. The CCfW published her Annual Read more…

Senedd Topical Question – 8 December 2021

In a Senedd Plenary session on 8 December, Jane Dodds MS asked a question arising from the tragic death of 6 year old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes. Two members of Senedd took this as an opportunity to add to the narrative of fear which has been manufactured against home educating parents over recent years. The transcript of the full exchange, starting with Dodds’ question, is on Senedd’s website. However, we encourage you to watch the video of Read more…

Children, Young People, and Education Committee – 18 November 2021

The first significant item on the agenda of this meeting was “Scrutiny of Children’s Commissioner for Wales Annual Report 2020 – 2021.” This was Sally Holland’s final appearance in front of the committee before her term as CCfW comes to an end in April 2022. The full transcript and recording of this meeting are available on the Senedd’s website. The CCfW’s Annual Report was published on 5 October and repeats her established assertions concerning home Read more…

Reply to Minister for Education – 30 November 2021

On 28 October Education Minister, Jeremy Miles MS responded to our initial letter. We felt his reply [PDF] was a typical political response which did not address the important points raised in the accompanying submission to rebut the Children’s Commissioner for Wales’ use of the UNCRC as justification for the registration and monitoring of all electively home educated children. On 30 November we replied to the Minister to emphasise how important it is that he Read more…

ADSS Cymru and ADEW’s joint statement on Elective Home Education – 19 November 2021

On Friday 19 November the Association of Directors of Education for Wales and the Association of Directors of Social Services for Wales released a joint statement calling on the Welsh Government to fully adopt the CCfW’s proposals. Families First in Education Wales find this statement very troubling and we are going to take time to consider it fully before making a formal response. There is no evidence in the statement that either organisation has sought Read more…

Home Education Question in Senedd – 6 October 2021

Senedd Plenary 06/10/2021 – Welsh Parliament – Transcript / Video Sam Rowlands MSI’d like to thank Mr Sargeant also for raising this question this afternoon. As you acknowledged, Minister, for some learners, traditional school learning settings aren’t always the best for them. Many young people often thrive in non-traditional settings, which can see them move up the educational ladder at their own speed, and perhaps focus on specific areas of interest as well that suit Read more…